Parent Update – April 10, 2014
OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS AGAIN DESIGNATED AMONG ‘BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION’
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation announced Olmsted Falls School District is a 2014 Best Communities for Music Education honoree. This award honors districts and schools that set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education. NAMM evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. Olmsted Falls School District is one of 376 districts across the nation that received the honor this year; this is the eighth consecutive year it has received this honor.
Research shows that music actually changes the brain by adding new neural connections that prime the brain for other communication. Children involved in music tend to have larger vocabulary and better reading ability than those not exposed to music education. Children with learning disabilities are especially helped by music lessons. Ultimately, music helps shape individual development.
Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd is very pleased with the district again receiving this designation.
“While our core business is academics, the Olmsted Falls School District prides itself on educating the whole child. Our music programs empower our students to be creative, innovative and expressive. These elements support the academic program and help our students make a difference in the lives of others,” he said. “Finally, music serves as a universal language, and the music programs performed by our students bring joy and admiration from our community. We are very proud to have earned the distinction of being among the “Best Communities for Music Education” in the nation again this year.”
Congratulations to staff, students and the community for supporting music education in our schools.
To learn more about the NAMM Foundation, click HERE.
GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN FALLS-LENOX GYM THANKS TO NFL PLAY 60 GRANT
Through the implementation of our traverse wall into the physical education curriculum, F-L students have an authentic outlet through which to focus their natural disposition to climb, increase experiences for genuine success, options for improving fitness levels, and a means of promoting teamwork and leadership. But best of all, it’s fun!
This traverse wall, which measures 8’ by 40’ was funded from winning the $10,000 Fuel-Up to Play 60 Grant through the NFL this year and was installed in the Falls gymnasium by members of the physical education department, custodial staff, and PTA.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic staff, students, PTA, and the Cleveland Browns organization for their support in making this dream a reality. Thank you so much!
To view additional photos of the new traverse wall, please click HERE.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT-PARENT SPORTS INFORMATION MEETING – TONIGHT @ 7:00 P.M.!
The annual athletic informational night for parents and students in grades 5 through 8 is being held TONIGHT, Thursday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m., in the OFMS Cafetorium. The purpose of this meeting is to provide student athletes and parents with some general information about our middle school and high school athletic programs and to meet the varsity coaching staff. OFHS varsity athletic coaches will be speaking. The program for the evening is available by clicking HERE.
If you are not able to attend this meeting, the general informational packet will be available in the following manner:
1. Follow OFMS on Twitter @ofmsbulldogs and you will find the informational packet on Friday morning after the meeting.
2. It will be posted on the OFMS web page on Friday morning after the meeting.
‘OUR SCHOOL REPORT’ RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR ITS CONTENT, COMMUNICATION
The Ohio School Public Relations Association recently recognized Olmsted Falls School District with an Achievement Award during its annual state Spring Conference. The district received a Mark of Excellence award for Our School Report, which is mailed to residents four to six times per year. Print newsletters were judged on content, design, writing, editing, graphics, photography and print quality.
The competition is open to all public or private schools and districts, career and vocational centers and education-related organizations across the state.
STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS UPDATE – COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SURVEY OPEN
As mentioned in last week’s blog, Olmsted Falls School District is completing a strategic planning process to help guide our efforts over the course of the next 3-5 years. The steering committee continues to seek feed back from the community to help identify the highest priorities for the District’s strategic direction.
An online survey is available to help gather input from parents, residents, staff members and local business owners. OFHS students will be surveyed for their feedback as well. A link to the online survey was sent directly to parents and other community stakeholders to obtain feedback on the strategic planning work that has been compiled thus far. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this brief online survey.
If you are interested in completing the survey now, you are encouraged to do so by clicking HERE.
Input from all segments of our community will be a critical component to finalizing the strategic planning process. Thank you in advance for your time and input.
OFHS NEEDS YOU! IMPORTANT MAY 6TH ELECTION NEWS
PRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING ENDORSEMENTS – Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers working on behalf of the Pride In Olmsted Committee in support of Issue #4. The committee is currently seeking individuals, families, and local community partners to indicate their support of this bond issue for OFHS. The campaign intends to use the names of steadfast supporters to demonstrate bulldog pride and growing support of this critical ballot issue. To participate, send an email to email@example.com. Please include your name and, if you wish, why you support the high school improvements. Additionally, the committee is seeking photos of families who would like to demonstrate their support. Please use your imagination and be creative! If you’d like to include a “YES for schools” sign in your photo, please let the committee know. You are encouraged to create your own poster as well! Submit your photos or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
YARD SIGNS – The Pride Committee is requesting that any parents who may still have a “Yes on #86” yard sign from the fall campaign stored in their garage to please return in to be updated and recycling for the current information campaign. Signs will be updated with “Issue #4” and redistributed along main roads in the community. Signs can be dropped off next to the garage behind the Board of Education office (under the overhang, next the picnic table, please).
MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS – Vote by Mail! Request your Vote By Mail absentee ballot by clicking HERE. Those people who request absentee ballots to vote by mail will receive ballots soon. Please be sure to complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as you receive it. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – To learn more about Issue #4, and view the growing list of endorsements, please visit www.prideinolmstedschools.com.
FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR CONTINUES THROUGH APRIL 11TH!
A REMINDER – BUTTER BRAID PICK-UP IS TONIGHT – THURSDAY, APRIL 10TH @ OFHS
Please remember the butter braids are frozen and perishable, please return them to the freezer promptly after pick up. Please contact Linda Parkowski at 440-225-8703 if you have any questions.
OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT OKLAHOMA! ON APRIL 11TH& 12TH
Don’t miss the OFHS Masquers’ Spring Musical, Oklahoma!, sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood. Our talented thespians will present this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic on Friday, April 11th (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, April 12th(2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) in the OFHS auditorium.
Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the door of the performances, or by calling 440-427-6070 to reserve in advance.
Please click HERE for event flyer.
SWIM & DIVE HAM SALE – DEADLINE TO ORDER IS APRIL 12TH; PRODUCT PICK-UP APRIL 17TH
Back by popular demand! Make your Easter meal preparation faster and easier, and support our Olmsted Falls High School Swim & Dive Team! WE STILL NEED POOL FUNDS! Let’s make sure all those wonderful freshmen swimmers have enough money next year to pay for those “two a day” pool practices! Just as with the Christmas sale, the team receives 15% of all the proceeds. SAME PRICE AS IN THE STORE, no waiting in line. All orders must be placed online for the Easter sale; the Easter sale is an ONLINE ORDER SALE ONLY.
Go to: https://www.honeybakedfundraiser.com/f-438-Olmsted-Falls-High-School-Swim-and-Dive-Team.aspx to place your order by April 12th.
Product pick up will be on THURSDAY, APRIL 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls High School, band entrance side. Thanks so much for your support!
OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM WANTS YOU!
We need any type of gift card donations for seniors. They may include movies, restaurants, bed/bath, gas, WalMart, Target, Giant Eagle, iTunes – just to name a few. Mail them to OFHS Post Prom, 26937 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or drop them off at the high school in an envelope marked “Post Prom donation.”
Attend the April 12th Reverse Raffle Taco Night – THIS SATURDAY NIGHT. It will be from 7:30-10 p.m. at Tony K’s, 841 W. Bagley Road. It’s an all-you-can-eat taco feast – hard and soft shell – salsa, chips, toppings plus beverages. There will be a 50/50, baskets and reverse raffles and side boards. Contact Teri Petro, 440-236-6482 or email her at email@example.com to order tickets.
Sign up for the April 25th Dodge Ball Tournament at OFHS. Teams may register in the cafeteria the week prior to the event. Check for details on the website. IGA has a Tasting Event April 25th. For more details, contact John Burnell at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also may simply volunteer the day of Post Prom. Contact Mercedes Hathcock, Mercedez0625@gmail.com.
Join us for upcoming meeting dates: April 16th and May 14th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS library. The committee thanks you for your continued support.
HELPING HANDS “MOVIE & GAME NIGHT” – FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH – FREE EVENT
Helping Hands “Movie and Game Night” is on Friday April 25, from 6-8:30pm. The event is FREE, but RSVP IS REQUIRED by Wednesday April 23 (email@example.com). Please include the number of adults and the number of children you will have attending.
Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends.
Movie and Game Night is set up to be “sensory friendly” experience. The sound is controlled and the lights will be dim (not off). We are playing Pixar short films so students can feel comfortable changing scenery from auditorium to cafeteria as needed. Everyone is welcome!
Games will be set up and played in the cafeteria. Feel free to bring your favorite game to share! We will provide a snack of popcorn, cookies, and water.
OFHS ACADEMIC TEAM HOSTS PIZZA/WING NITE – APRIL 26TH
Munch on all-you-can-eat pizza and wings at the OFHS Academic Team’s April 26th fundraiser at Razzles/Rockers Café. Proceeds from the 8-10 p.m. event will help defray the cost of sending the school’s National Qualifying team to Chicago in May. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, wings, beverages, music and entertainment. There will be raffles galore with awesome gift baskets, side boards filled with cash prizes and a door prize entry into a $100 drawing. Kids 6 and under are free to this family event. For tickets, call Laraine, 440-235-3006.
Remember to watch the team on Academic Challenge May 10th on WEWS TV Channel 5. To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.
ONE DAY SHOOTING/BALL HANDLING CLINIC FOR GRADES 3-6 – MAY 3RD
Learn to become a better shooter and ball handler at the OFHS Boys Basketball One Day Shooting/Ball Handling Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 in the school’s gym. The team’s coaches and players will use instruction and drills that will teach shooting form, shooting and ball handling and fun competitions to improve.
The cost is $15. There is no deadline. Walk-ins are welcome, but a sign-up and emergency contact form is available by clicking HERE.
ANNUAL ART SHOW SEEKING ENTRIES FROM THE COMMUNITY
Annual OFHS May Art Show will be held on Friday May 16, from 8am-8pm in the HS main gymnasium. The show is free and open to the public during those hours. Again we are looking for work from OFHS alumni, O.F. faculty & staff, and the O.F. community. We can accept flat work as well as 3-D work. All work must be ready to be presented when it is dropped off (matted or framed). Please fill out the entry information page if you would like your work displayed in the show. Forms need to be back to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday May 9. Please contact Mariel with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OECPTA SAFETY TOWN 2014 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Safety Town is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners. It is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Children practice real life situations before being confronted with situations on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education.
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA organizes the program. Registration is now open. Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 10, 2014. The dates for this year’s Safety Town sessions are as follows: Session I: June 9-13, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session II: June 16-20, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Session III: June 23-27, 2014 (AM & PM sessions) Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town information flyer. Please click HERE to download the 2014 Safety Town Registration packet.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SAFETY TOWN
The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA needs current 7th– 12th grade student Volunteers to help with Safety Town. Safety Town is located behind Falls-Lenox school and takes place in June. Safety Town is to teach children entering Kindergarten about neighborhood and vehicle safety. If you are interested – we need your help! This is a great way to build your resume for those college applications and gain service hours. For further details, forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school main offices and need to be returned by May 9th, 2014. Forms can also be downloaded by clicking HERE. Completed forms can be submitted to Cara at email@example.com.
FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH
The Falls-Lenox Annual Carnival for a Cure event is scheduled for Friday, April 11th from 6-9 p.m. Admission is a donation of $5 per student. (Donations also accepted for adults.) We will have games, prizes, and tons of fun! We will even have a Principal’s Challenge!
Food will be available for $3. You have your choice of a hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink. We hope to see a record number of families out to support the Falls-Lenox for Life Team as we raise money for the America Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
This year’s Carnival for a Cure features carnival games, the Cake Walk, face painting, a money cube, and more! Special thanks to Kiwanis and PTA for their support each year.
KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST – THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH
ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast includes pancakes, french toast, sausage, juice and/or coffee! $5 donation (Kids under 3 eat free.)
Pictures with the Easter Bunny; Chinese Raffle; plus chance to win Kindle Fire!! See you there!
OLMSTED FALLS PIRANHAS SWIM TEAM HOLDS OPEN REGISTRATION
Falls Pointe Development welcomes swimmers to its summer program. Registration for the Piranhas swim team is open to any resident of Olmsted Falls or Township. Registration will take place from 2-4 p.m. April 27th at the Falls Pointe development clubhouse located on Falls Pointe Drive. For more details and contact information, please click HERE.
NEW CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING IN OLMSTED FALLS
Please contact Tracey Rinas at (440) 591-0865 with any questions or additional information regarding the co-ed adult softball league.
OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE – SUNDAY, MAY 4TH
This year, the “Dara Hosta Olmsted Spirit 5K” was given back to the community by the Hosta family. They requested that the race return to its original name of the “Olmsted Spirit 5K,” but we know that the race will always live on in Dara’s spirit. It is set for Sunday, May 4th.
The new committee consists of three former Olmsted Falls graduates, one of them being Mr. Justin Zrenner, a teacher at the high school who went to OFHS with Dara. All proceeds from the race will still go towards scholarships for graduating OFHS seniors. One change this year is that the money raised from raffle ticket sales will benefit an Olmsted Falls family in need. The only other change is that registration is now completely online (www.spectralight.com/5k). Hope to see you Sunday May 4th!
OLMSTED BICENTENNIAL BASH BEGINS WITH A JULY 4TH BANG
This year is a time to celebrate and have fun in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township with a 2014 Bicentennial celebration. Residents of the communities formed a grassroots Bicentennial Commission to plan and coordinate the year-long celebration.
Events include the July 4th Bicentennial Parade and Cornerstone Festival featuring fireworks and entertainment including tribute bands and local group performances, food vendors and a business showcase. A Murder/Mystery Dinner/Masquerade is set for October 25th entitled “Spirits of Olmsted” – Murder at the Costume Ball – Dressed to Kill.
We invite you to ‘LIKE’ Olmsted Bicentennial Celebration on facebook or go to its website by clicking HERE to learn more about the activities.
Baldwin Wallace University invites students in grades 4-9 to participate in one or more of its summer music programs. This is the 80th year BW has provided camps, institutions and other learning opportunities to the community. Application deadlines are May 1. The camps are String Camp, June 14-19; Piano Camp A, June 14-19; Piano Camp B, June 21-June 26; Band Camp, June 21-June 26 and Music Theatre Camp, June 21-26. Click on the highlighted camps for applications.
Olmsted Performing Arts has seven summer camps available for those as young as 3 and up to 17 years of age. The theater camps range in length and composition, with some starting June 1 and others ending Aug. 8. For more details or to register, click HERE.
Enjoy a 25-minute princess show followed by breakfast or dinner at Olmsted Performing Arts’ Dine with Royalty May 2-4 at the theater’s center, 6941 Columbia Road. Tickets are $25 and Royal Boutique preview, $17. Click HERE to register or for more details.
KIDSFIRST LEARNING CENTERS PROVIDE SUMMER FUN
The 10-week program has various classes, sports and field trips. For more information, call 440-235-3070.
Register by May 1 and receive a special discount.